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A communication system wherein data at a plurality of different zones is transmitted to a control panel at a central location over a common communication line including an address pulse generator at the central location which transmits a programmed number of address pulses over the communication line to effect sequential enabling of zone status monitors at each of the zones, each of which obtains power from the address pulses, and provides frequency signals representing a normal or off-normal condition for a variable for transmission over the communication line to the central location, and a receiver at the central location which decodes and processes the responses. A number of zone status monitors may be divided into groups with each group transmitting data to a central location over an area address pulse generator which is connected to the communication line, or multiple communication lines may be monitored from a master control panel through the use of slave control panels.
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United States Patent Cooper  Inventor: Glenn F. Cooper, West Springfield,
 Assignee: Standard Electric Time Corporation, Springfield, Mass.
 Filed: Oct. 18, 1973  Appl. No.: 407,660
 US. Cl. 340/413; 340/408', 340/409; 328/59  Int. Cl. G08B 19/00; H04Q 3/00  Field of Search 340/413, 152 R, 150, 408
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,021,508 2/1962 White 340/147 F 3,214,734 10/1965 Whitehead 340/408 3,482,243 12/1969 Buchsbaum.... 340/408 3,508,260 4/1970 Stein 340/408 3,611,361 10/1971 Gallichotte 340/150 3,613,092 10/1971 Schumann r .1 340/150 3,713,142 l/l973 Getchell 340/408 3,735,396 5/1973 Getchell 340/413 TIME DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR STATUS MONITORING ".TERNATE FUNCTION CONT! CTS ADDRESS PULSE can Primary Examiner-Thomas B. Habecker Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Johnson, Dienner, Emrich & Wagner  ABSTRACT A communication system wherein data at a plurality of different zones is transmitted to a control panel at a central location over a common communication line including an address pulse generator at the central location which transmits a programmed number of address pulses over the communication line to effect sequential enabling of zone status monitors at each of the zones, each of which obtains power from the address pulses, and provides frequency signals representing a normal or off-normal condition for a variable for transmission over the communication line to the central location, and a receiver at the central location which decodes and processes the responses. A number of zone status'monitors maybe divided into groups with each group transmitting data to a central location over an area address pulse generator which is connected to the-communication line, or multiple communication lines may be monitored from a master control panel through the use of slave control panels.
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TIME DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR STATUS MONITORING BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to communication systems, and more particularly to a multiplexed data transmission system for communicating the status of several monitored variables in each of many remote locations to a central location over a common transmission line.
2. Description of the Prior Art 1 Many types of zoned data readout systems have been proposed in the prior art for permitting the transmission of data from a plurality of remote data points in different zones of the system to a central location. The data may, for example, represent alarm indications, such as the detection of fire or the intrusions of an unauthorized person in a security alarm system, a fault condition of a circuit or apparatus in a maintenance monitoring system or any other type of data. Generally, each zone includes a transponder unit which is responsive to interrogate signals, transmitted via a communication line to the location of the transponder, to provide reply data signals representing data provided at such location. In most cases, a power source must be provided for the transponders at the remote locations to enable reply data signals to be generated.
In some of these systems, a separate wire pair is connected between each reporting zone and a central monitor. However, the provision of a separate communication link between eachzone and the central monitoring location becomes expensive when a large number of zones are to be monitored or when the distance between such zones and the central location is great.
Accordingly, multiplexing or coded frequency techniques are sometimes employed to permit data provided at a plurality of zones to be transmitted to a central location over a common communication line which interconnects the zones with a control panel at a central location, thereby minimizing the amount of conductors required for the system. However, in some instances, there may be interference between responses provided by different zones when the conditions of variables at one or more of the zones change state at the same time. In addition, there are generally limits on the number of zones which can have data transmitted over a common communication line and on the separation between the central monitor and the farthest zone.
Certain systems have circumvented the interference problem by employing two wires for data transmission and additional wires for control purposes. Altematively, interference between data provided by various zones employing a common transmission link has also been minimized by the use of analog measurement at the control panel of several degrees of change in voltage, impedance, andtime delay or etc. to permit identification of the zone providing the data. However, in such cases, a very limited number of zones can have data transmitted over a given conductor pair.
In the case of alarm transmission, for example, motor Frequently systems employ techniques which result in the lack of capability of transmitting the states of the variables in all of the zones continually. Still other systems are dependent upon processing by a minicomputer which is seldom fully and efficiently utilized and which may be periodically unavailable to the communication system when used for certain other tasks.
A further shortcoming of some prior art communications systems is that such systems are dependent upon 0 one way transmission on a coaxial cable over a loop including all the reporting zones. Thus, in the event of an open-circuit in the coaxial cable, data transmission is interrupted. In addition, such systems would generally require a modem to employ voice grade telephone lines in the system. Thus, in protective signaling systems, there exists a need for Class A operation on a closed loop wherein even should the continuity of one wire be interrupted at any point, two way communication between the reporting zones and the central monitor can still be maintained.
In addition, in those known systems wherein the continuity of wiring is tested, the location of a fault is not defined more finally than the whole length of two wires.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide an economical and reliable system for communicating to central locations the status of several monitored variables in each of many remote locations, or zones and without the need for local main or standby power in each zone.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a communication system for effecting the readout of the status of several monitored variables in each of a plurality of zones over a common transmission line without the possibility of interference between zones even when monitored variables in one or more of the zones change state simultaneously.
Another object of the invention is to provide a communication system for monitoring the Status of several variables at a remote location or zone wherein prioridriven code wheel transmitters or the like are freties are assigned to each variable to permit the variable of the highest priority to have its status transmitted in the event that more than one monitored variable in a given zone is off-normal simultaneously. In addition, the status of the highest priority off-normal variable will be transmitted continually until its monitor is reset, and thereafter the status of the next highest priority variable, if any, which is off-normal, will be transmitted.
Another object of the invention is to transmit a change of state of a monitored variable by means of a response frequency change and to transmit a change of state of one of a group of higher priority monitor variables by means of a change from a response frequency in a lower priority group to a response frequency in a higher priority group.
Another object is to process the frequency signals representing the status of one of a plurality of monitored variables in a given zone so as to prevent the possibility of ambiguity among the monitored variables and to provide an output indicating transmission error in the case of apparent ambiguity.
It is yet another object of the invention to provide a communication system wherein signals are transmitted and received simultaneously over more than one path, as in a continuous loop, without interference due to reflections or delay differences.
It is a further object of the invention for monitoring the status of a plurality of zones wherein indications of malfunctions of zone status monitors or open-wire conditions of a communication line connected between the zone status monitors and a control location is continually monitored, and wherein the location of an openwire condition in the communication line can be defined within a fraction of the length of the communication line.
These and other objects are achieved by the present invention which has provided a communication system for transmitting data representing the status of a plurality of variables at each of a plurality of remote locations or zones to a central location over a common communication line.
In one embodiment, a zone status monitoring means provided at each zone is operable when enabled to generate response signals corresponding to the state of initiating devices in the zone according to fixed priorities.
The responses provided by the zone status monitoring means at each of the zones are transmitted to a control panel at the central location over a communication line which extends between the control panel and the locations of all of the zone status monitoring means. In accordance with the invention, the communication line may comprise a Class A loop which permits two-way transmission of data on a single line on a closed loop wherein even should the continuity of one wire of the transmission line be interrupted at any point, two-way communication with any zone may still be maintained through one remaining portion or the other of the wire.
An address pulse generator means at the control panel generates address pulses for transmission over the communication line to the locations of the zone status monitoring means for effecting read-out of the information provided by the zone status monitoring means. The address pulse generator means transmits a programmed number of address pulses during each time frame, the end of each address pulse defining the start of a time slot and the number of address pulses defining the number of time slots in a given frame.
The address pulse generator means includes time slot rate generator means which generates output pulses at a predetermined rate, power amplifier means for amplifying pulses extended thereto from the output of the time slot rate generator means for providing power address pulses for transmission over the transmission line to the locations of the zone status monitoring means. The address pulse generator means further includes gating means operable when enabled to gate a predetermined number of the pulses provided by said time slot rate generating means to said power amplifier means and means responsive to the pulse output of said time slot rate generator means to enable said gating means to gate a programmed number of pulses to said power amplifier means. The first power address pulse is used to effect energization of all of the zone status monitoring means connected to the communication line. In addition, a wire continuity testing means of the address pulse generator means is energized at the time the first power address pulse is provided to test the continuity of the communication line, providing a first indication whenever there is continuity in the communication line and a second indication in the event of an open circuit condition in the communication line. Thereafter, further power address pulses, corresponding in number to the number of zone status monitoring means, are provided to effect sequential read-out of the information provided by each of the zone status monitoring means.
Each zone status monitoring means includes counter means, decoder means, response generator means, and power circuit means. The power circuit means obtains power from the address pulses and provides an energizing potential for the counter means which then counts the address pulses transmitted over the transmission line. The decoding means enables the response generator means by decoding the corresponding state of the associated counter means to permit the response generator means to be energized for the duration of one time slot to generate a response frequency at one of N frequencies Fl-FN under the control of an initiating means. The decoding means is programmed to select any one of the time slots and different zone status monitoring means are programmed to decode a different time slot. Each initiating means includes a plurality of internal and/or remote switch contacts, each representing a different monitored variable. A first response frequency F1 may represent a normal condition for all of the monitored variables. Further response frequencies FZ-F N may each represent an off-normal condition for a difierent one of the monitored variables. The response frequencies are generated according to assigned priorities and transmitted over the communication line to the control panel at the central location.
The response signals provided by all of the zone status monitoring means are received by the address pulse generator means at the control panel and extended to a receiver means which decodes, processes and separates the response frequencies provided by each of the zone status monitoring means.
The receiver means includes frequency detecting means including an individual frequency detector circuit for each of the frequencies Fl-FN which separates the response signals provided by the zone status monitoring means at each zone into pulses on as many output lines as there are monitored variables, plus additional lines representing normal response, lack of response, and time slot timing. The receiver means further includes exclusivity and timing logic means which processes the outputs of the frequency detecting means to insure that only one of the response frequencies is being transmitted during a given time slot and to output a trouble indication whenever no response frequency is received during a given time slot.
Thus, the receiver receives the response signal provided by each zone status monitoring means, determines the frequency of the response signal provided by each zone status monitoring means and identifies each response exclusively. The receiver means provides outputs corresponding to each zone response as it is received and extends such outputs to suitable recording and display meansfor indicating the status of the monitored variables for each of the reporting zones.
In accordance with a second embodiment of a communication system provided by the present invention, a plurality of zone status monitoring means may be divided into groups, each group communicating with the common communication line over an associated area control panel which includes an area address pulse generating means. The area address pulse generating means counts out a pre-programmed block of time slots of those created by the address pulse generating means of the control panel at the central location, and furnishes address pulses on an area line common to its group of associated zone status monitoring means. The responses provided by the zone status monitoring means of a given group are relayed to the common line over the area address pulse generating means. The use of area address pulse generating means in accordance with the second embodiment of the invention permits the system to be extended in distance and/or number of zones in comparison with the system of the first embodiment.
In yet another embodiment, which provides further extension of the size of the system, multiple control panels each control one or more area address pulse generating means and/or zone status monitoring means over a local communication line while the control panels in turn communicate with one another over a common communication line.
Each of the control panels includes an address pulse generator which furnishes address pulses to associated local zone status monitoring means. One of the control panels, which serves as a master control panel, furnishes a synchronizing carrier which is transmitted over the common communication line to the slave control panels to establish the time slotrate for all of the address pulse generators connected to the common line, either directly or over a slave control panel.
Each slave address pulse generating means is responsive to the synchronizing signal to generate address pulses during pre-programmedtime slots, and furnish address pulses to associated area address pulse generating means and/or zone status monitoring means to effect the generation of responses. The slave address pulse generating means also relays the status responses provided by associated area address pulse generating means and zone status monitoring means onto the common line such that all of the status responses will be made available to receivers located at any of the master or slave control panels or additionally, to a receiver at a remote display which may not have any zone status responses to send out. Either a master or a slave control panel may have either a receiver or local zone status monitoring means or both. Thus, there is a complete two-way exchange of status information among all of the control panels, any one of which may be a master, and additional transmission from the group to a passive, remote monitor is also provided for in contrast to one-way transmission to a single control panel.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a block diagram representation of a first embodiment of a communication system provided by the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of anaddress pulse generator employed in the system shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 2A illustrates the wave form for signals transmitted over the communication line of the system shown in FIG. 1 during an interrogation cycle;
FIG. 3 is a block diagram of a zone status monitor circuit for use in the system shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a block diagram of a receiver circuit employed in the system shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 5 shows the voltage wave form for address pulses generated by the address pulse generator shown in detail in FIGS. 6-9:
FIGS. 6-9 when arranged as shown in FIG. 21 provide a schematic circuit and partial block diagram for the address pulse generator shown in block form in FIG. 2;
FIGS. 10 and 11 when arranged in side by side relationship as shown in FIG. 22 provide a schematic circuit and partial block diagram for the zone status monitor circuit shown in block form in FIG. 3;
FIGS. 12-15 when arranged as shown in FIG. 23 provide a schematic circuit and partial block diagram for the receiver shown in block form in FIG. 4;
FIGS. l6A-16P (is a timing chart) show(ing) the relationships of signals at various points in the receiver circuit shown in FIGS. 12-15;
FIG. 17 is a block diagram representation of a second embodiment for a communication system provided by the present invention;
FIGS. 17A and 17B illustrate the wave forms of signals on the common line and the area line, respectively, for the system shown in FIG. 17;
FIG. 18 is a block diagram of the area pulse generator employed in the system shown in FIG. 17;
FIG. 19 is a schematic circuit and partial block diagram of the area address pulse generator shown in FIG. 18;
FIG. 20 is a block diagram representation of a third embodiment of a communication system provided by the present invention;
FIGS. 20A and 20B illustrate the wave forms of signals on the masterline and the area line, respectively, for the system shown in FIG. 20;
FIG. 21 shows how FIGS. 6-9 are to be arranged;
FIG. 22 shows how FIGS. 10 and 11 are to be arranged; and
FIG. 23 shows, how FIGS. 12-15 are to be arranged.
DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS GENERAL DESCRIPTION Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a block diagram of a first embodiment of a time-division multiple access communication system 20 provided by the present invention. The system 20 permits data provided at a plurality of zones to be transmitted over a common transmission line to a control panel or console 25 at a central location. In the exemplary embodiment, data provided at 30 zones, including zones 1, 2, 3, 4 shown in FIG. 1, may be-monitored from the control panel 25.
By way of illustration, the time-division multiple access communication system provided by the present invention may be employed in protective signaling systems, such as a fire alarm system. The system is especially suited to reporting conditions in office buildings or in groups of buildings which may be considerable distances apart. In addition, each building may have a large number of zones and multiple functions may be reported by a given zone. The system 20 provides for the transmission of zoned information from a plurality of zones without interference between the response signals provided by different zones and without the need for a prohibitive number of wires for the communication link. The communication system 20 of the present invention may be operable as a two-wire Class A or Class B system capable of working on building wiring and voice grade telephone lines, for example.
To permit transmission of data in a positive noninterfering successive manner, a separate zone status monitor or zone transmitter is provided for each zone, such as zone status monitors 31-34 located in zones 14, respectively, as shown in FIG. 1. Each of the zone status monitors 31-34 has a different preassigned ad-